According to the Politico Tommy Thompson is going to run for Senate if Paul Ryan doesn't run which is increasingly likely. Let me be one of the first bloggers to bring this up now that Tommy Thompson looks like he his getting in this for real, and not pulling a Donald Trump. Back in 2009 Tommy was one of a few Republicans who were pushing for compromise with Obama on healthcare reform. Thompson was even praised by Obama (in his weekly radio address) for supporting for reforms he was pushing (See Video Below
And who can forget Tommy's joint statement with former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt
Key line: “Failure to reach an agreement on health reform this year is not an acceptable option.”"If we don’t act now, health care costs will continue to devour more income of hard-working families and burden businesses trying to expand and create jobs – while leaving tens of millions of people uninsured and vulnerable to a health emergency.
"That’s unacceptable. We urge our former colleagues in Congress to work with President Obama and leaders in both houses and both parties to hammer out a final agreement this year based on common sense principles to ensure that quality care is affordable for every American.”No doubt Thompson will now say he is against ObamaCare and wants it repealed, but he has a lot of explaining to do about his past. Not even mentioning his big spending ways and failure to pass a concealed carry bill his over his 12 years as governor.
The interesting question remains will there be a serious primary challenge to Thompson from the right? No I am not talking about Dave (no money) Westlake. I mean a serious candidate. How about Tommy's brother Ed? Would Mark Neumann be interested in another primary fight? This time the primary would actually pit a conservative against a RINO/moderate (Neumann vs Thompson), and not what we saw last year in (Neumann vs Walker) when two good conservatives had a hard primary fight. Lets hope the GOP doesn't just roll over and accept another George Bush Republican.